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Northleach and Hampnett

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Northleach and Hampnett
Author: witneyman, Published: 28 Mar 2019 Walk Rating:star0 Northleach and Hampnett, Cotswolds Walking Guidestar0 Northleach and Hampnett, Cotswolds Walking Guidestar0 Northleach and Hampnett, Cotswolds Walking Guidestar0 Northleach and Hampnett, Cotswolds Walking Guidestar0 Northleach and Hampnett, Cotswolds Walking Guide
Gloucestershire, Cotswolds
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Northleach and Hampnett
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Northleach and Hampnett, Cotswolds Walking Guide boot Northleach and Hampnett, Cotswolds Walking Guide
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A 4 mile circular walk in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds that offers some splendid views and the chance to visit two fine churches. The walk is mainly on field paths with a short section along a quiet country road. The walk is steep in places and there are several kissing gates to negotiate.

Northleach is located at a formerly important crossroads, just off the Roman road, the Fosse Way (A429) and was at one time a great market town, celebrated throughout Europe as a major centre for the Cotswold wool trade. The fifteenth-century church of St Peter and St Paul, paid for by the wealthy wool merchants, was built with stone dug from the quarry in the town itself. Hampnett, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, is a small hilltop village up a minor road near Northleach. It seems like a place that time has passed by, with Cotswold stone cottages looking across a picturesque landscape of hills and dry-stone walls. The Norman church is a gem.

Several pubs and cafés are available for refreshments in Northleach.

The walk starts in the centre of the old mill town of Northleach, approximate post code GL54 3EJ. There is ample free street parking. Northleach is also served by the (infrequent) 853 bus running between Gloucester and Oxford.

Walk Sections

Start to Gate
Start to Gate

Start point: 51.8296 lat, -1.8363 long
End point: 51.8328 lat, -1.844 long

From the Market Place, walk north-west along West End. At the traffic lights cross carefully over the A429. Carry straight on for about 50 yards and then pass through a gate on the right to a public footpath signposted Monarchs Way.

Gate to Hampnett Church
Gate to Hampnett Church

Start point: 51.8328 lat, -1.844 long
End point: 51.8394 lat, -1.8552 long

The path runs diagonally across the field towards the far corner of the wood on your right. (If the path is muddy you can also reach the same point by first walking along the left hand edge of the field and then turning right along the far edge). Pass through a kissing gate and continue along a path close to a wall on the right. Hampnett Church can be seen in the distance. At the end of the wall bear right and go through a gate to a lane. Turn left to reach the village of Hampnett. You will be turning left at the crossroads but it is worthwhile to visit the Church immediately in front of you before continuing.

St George’s is a small Norman church with nave and chancel dating from 1125 AD. The main feature of the church is the wonderful coloured stencilling which covers the whole of the chancel. This recreation of medieval art is believed to have been undertaken by the then incumbent, Rev William Wiggin in 1868. At the time, the artwork created controversy with the Hampnett villagers who were not enamoured by Wiggin’s artistry, so they set up a fund to pay for the removal of the paintings. Fortunately not enough funds were raised so most of the artwork can still be seen today.

Hampnett Church to Left Turn
Hampnett Church to Left Turn

Start point: 51.8394 lat, -1.8552 long
End point: 51.8365 lat, -1.8587 long

Retrace your steps from the Church and take the track almost opposite the churchyard. Pass through the farmyard at the bottom and, where the track divides, take the left fork up the hill.

Left Turn to Reservoir
Left Turn to Reservoir

Start point: 51.8365 lat, -1.8587 long
End point: 51.8259 lat, -1.8634 long

Ascend the steep hill to the main road. There are fine views looking back. Cross the main road and continue straight ahead along the grassy track. Turn left where the track meets a road, by a concealed reservoir on your left.

Reservoir to Byway
Reservoir to Byway

Start point: 51.8259 lat, -1.8634 long
End point: 51.822 lat, -1.8423 long

Turn left along the road and carry on across a minor road. Continue to the A429 and cross the road to take the footpath leading in the same direction. After passing buildings on the left, the track becomes tarmac. Cross over the next road and take the rough track on your left marked with a byway sign, NOT the tarmac road forking to the right.

Byway to Kissing Gate
Byway to Kissing Gate

Start point: 51.822 lat, -1.8423 long
End point: 51.8234 lat, -1.8358 long

Follow the track for about 600 yards until you reach a kissing gate on the left.

Kissing gate to Northleach Church
Kissing gate to Northleach Church

Start point: 51.8234 lat, -1.8358 long
End point: 51.8293 lat, -1.8393 long

Turn left through the kissing gate and keep to the left-hand edge of the field. The path descends through grazing land to reach a playing field with a tennis court on your left and a children's playground on your right. Turn left after the tennis court and cross the playing field towards its right-hand corner. Drop down to a lane and turn right. On reaching College Row turn right and then left along Church Lane, signposted To The Church. Follow the lane round and enter the churchyard.

Northleach Church of St. Peter & St. Paul is beautifully embellished with carved stonework and it contains superb' memorial brasses depicting its benefactors, some of whom are shown standing on the woolsacks and sheep that made them so rich. The church is one of the most beautiful of the Perpendicular ‘wool’ churches in the Cotswolds; its south porch has been called the most lovely in all England, with its tall pinnacles and statue-filled niches. One of the church's greatest glories is the giant east window which floods the church with light and also a generous "Cotswold window" over the chancel arch.

Northleach Church to End
Northleach Church to End

Start point: 51.8293 lat, -1.8393 long
End point: 51.8296 lat, -1.8363 long

After visiting the Church leave by the path passing in front and to the right of the church to return past the Post Office to Market Place and the start of the walk.

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